If the Mayor’s Chain of Office is ever found and returned, it will be music to Mike Miltimore’s ears.
On Sept. 10, 2021, the Mayor’s Chain of Office was stolen amidst a pair of break-ins at city hall downtown.
The chain is considered to be unique and a piece of Kamloops history. It contains the names of mayors past and is worn during various formal and ceremonial events.
“Clearly, the chain of office meant something to Mayor Christian and it’s pretty fantastic, right?” Miltimore said. “So, I equate that to a mayor’s version of a guitar that’s been passed down. When it was stolen, I thought, ‘Man, that sucks,’ and wouldn’t it be great to try to get this back?”
Miltimore is offering a free Riversong guitar to anybody who returns the Mayor’s Chain of Office, no questions asked.
All they need to do is drop it off at Lee’s Music, at Battle Street and 13th Avenue, and the $641 Riversong Pacific series P-550 guitar with the patented neck system is theirs. The guitar is composed of plenty of B.C. wood — maple, walnut and spruce. The guitar has the identical neck that is on the guitar used by rising country star Priscilla Block.
While the cherished chain remains missing, the City of Kamloops has created a contest for artists to design a new chain in time for the Nov. 1 inaugural meeting of the new council following the Oct. 15 civic election.
Deadline to submit proposals at city hall is 4 p.m. on April 22.